I Don’t Always Mistype My Password

It never fails. At the last two or three characters of a password, I’ll strike two keys at the same time. Maybe I pressed both, maybe I only pressed one. Whatever happened, certainly it doesn’t make any sense to press return and roll the dice. I’ll either get in or fail and have to type it all over again, and sysadmins can’t admit failure nor can we entertain the possibility of failing!!

So what’s the most logical maneuver? Backspace 400 times to make sure you got it all and try over. Make sure you fumble the password a few more time in a row so you can get a nice smooth spot worn on your backspace key.


  1. James Legf

    July 29, 2014 at 5:10 am

    I also do this. Even though I know a out CTL + u.


  2. jourmeymangeek

    July 29, 2014 at 5:58 am

    This is probably where key based auth (for ssh) or a password manager is a lifesaver. *Of course* the latter is something I’ve been meaning to get around to try out and implement for ages so… ;p


  3. Biggles77

    August 7, 2015 at 11:29 am

    400 backspaces, pffttt, what an exaggeration. I am sure I only do 398.


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